The Virtual Astronomical Observatory (VAO) is a U.S.-funded
effort to put efficient astronomical tools in the hands of
U.S. astronomers, students, educators, and public outreach leaders.
Find tools for sharing, mining, and displaying images and
data from observatories and databases the world over.
The VAO formal education program provides educators and
students access to hands-on learning using real astronomical
data from the world's most powerful telescopes.
What is the VAO? Why do astronomers need the VAO?
What new discoveries will come from the VAO? And more…
The VAO is being jointly funded by NSF and NASA, and is being managed by the
VAO, LLC, a
collaborative effort of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA)
and the Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI).